Modern air-conditioned shopping complexes within towering skyscrapers, quaint old shops selling a variety of wares, colorful bazaars tucked away in quiet back lanes, ordinary looking shop fronts within whose dark interiors one may unearth rare collectibles. The hustle and bustle of night markets with their blaring music and bright lights all combine to make shopping in Penang a unique and unforgettable experience.
The main shopping areas in Penang are concentrated in Jalan Penang, Lebuh Campbell, Lebuh Kapitan Kling, Lebuh Chulia and Lebuh Pantai. Few places can measure up to Penang for its variety of goods and reasonably cheap prices.
Komtar mall, Located in Komtar, the tallest building in Penang, located in Georgetown.
Prangin Mall, Large older style mall in Georgetown city centre, adjacent to Komtar
One stop mall, Older style mall near Pulau Tikus,
Gurney Plaza Mall, Up market, ultra modern mall with many international designer shops.
Island Plaza, Modern shopping mall in Tanjung Tokong, the nearest mall to the tourist area of Batu Ferringhi.
Batik, the highly versatile fabric is available as individually designed pieces or as clothing, table-cloths, napkins and furnishings. These may be purchased at factories in Teluk Bahang and in souvenir shops at Batu Ferringhi; specialist shops in Penang Road and in most department stores and shopping complexes. Batik paintings can also be found in galleries in Jalan Penang, Lebuh Leith and Batu Ferringhi.
Shops dealing in exotic curios can be found in Jalan Penang and Lebuh Bishop. Here are some of thefinest Chinese embroidery, lacquer screens and intricate jade and ivory carvings.
Lebuh Campbell, Lebuh Kapitan Kling and Jalan Penang are good places to look for fine jewelry. The shops here offer a variety of jade, pearl and diamond jewelry items intricately set in gold.
Pewter mugs, goblets, vases figurines, ashtrays and coffee sets certainly make excellent mementos. These are available from leading department stores and shops along Jalan Penang.
The latest range of photographic equipment, accessories, movie cameras and projectors are available at shops and department stores along Jalan Penang, Lebuh Campbell and Jalan Burma. Films may also be processed within an hour in Penang pottery items make wonderful gifts and souvenirs. These include terra-cotta pots, glazed coffee and tea sets, vases and ashtrays. Larger items such as figurines and lamp bases are also available. Leading department stores in the city and Asian Pottery in Tanjung Bunga stock an interesting variety of these items.
Shops along Jalan Penang stock an incredible array of wickerwork-bags, baskets, bird cages, fans, chest, mats, hats, hanging baskets and many more. For caneware and rattan furniture, try the shop houses along Lebuh Chulia which also accept orders for custom made furniture sets.
Duty Free shops within the city offer cameras, radios and tape-recorders; TV and Hi-Fi equipment; calculators, electrical appliances, pens, lighters and watches; cosmetics plus a host of other items at most reasonable prices.
Penang is also a haven for antique lovers in search of rare bargains. The junk shops along Rope Walk (Jln Pintal Tali) offer a range of antique items and bric-a-brac such as porcelain ware, chains, coins, old glass, old ceiling lamps and antique clocks.
Most shops are open from 10 00am - 10.00pm. Tips for shoppers • Bargaining is still very much a part of life here: so don't be afraid to haggle over prices or ask for a discount especially at the smaller shops.
• Ensure that get a warranty card for cameras, watches and electrical goods
• Obtain written confirmation of any instructions given to stores to post parcels abroad.
• Check for correct voltage and cycle. Singapore, United Kingdom, Australia and Hong Kong use 220-240 volts, 50 cycles. The United States, Canada, Japan. Indonesia and the Philippines use 110-120 volts, 60 cycles. Transformers are easily available at electrical goods outlets.
The export of Malaysia's antiques is controlled by the Antiquities Act 1975. Under the Act, no one is allowed to export any antique without obtaining a license from the Director General of Museums, Malaysia. However, antiques which have been imported into the country and have been declared at Customs arrival checkpoints may be exported.